Thomas James Knox Memorial Rink
Westerville City Council awarded a bid on Tuesday, Jan. 16 to move forward construction of the Thomas James Knox Memorial Rink, set to break ground in late winter or early spring 2018. The outdoor, inline hockey rink will be an addition to the 30-plus acre Alum Creek Park South, 535 Park Meadow Rd., which currently features skate ramps, a BMX track, climbing feature and more.
In 2017, the Westerville Parks and Recreation Department began working with Jim and Lisa Knox to create concepts for the rink. The development of this rink honors their son, Thomas James Knox, who passed away unexpectedly in his sleep in December 2015. A freshman at St. Charles Preparatory School, Thomas loved playing hockey on the junior varsity team. His passion for the sport began at age six, where he quickly formed an affinity for skating and competition.
The rink celebrates Thomas’ legacy by offering a central location for youth to be introduced to hockey as a team sport, providing space for community programming to develop the skills of players of all ages and creating a public space for current players to sharpen their talents in Westerville.
Financial support for the rink is being coordinated through the Westerville Parks Foundation. More information can be found on the organization’s website.
Be sure to check the Parks and Recreation Department website for updates about this project.
Thomas James Knox Memorial Rink Plan Rendering